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Clande Sotol (Yellow)

Clande Sotol (Yellow) is produced by Bienvenido Fernandez who has more than 40 years of experience producing sotol. This sotol has notes of banana, wood, cotija cheese, honey, and nuts.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Sotol
Brand:Clande Sotol
Sotolero:Bienvenido Fernández
Dasylirion:Wheeleri
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Steel
Style:Aged in Glass
State:Chihuahua
Town:Madera
ABV: 48.6%
Website: http://www.sotolclande.com/
About this sotol

Clande Sotol (Yellow) is produced by Bienvenido Fernandez, who has more than 40 years of experience producing sotol. He learned from his grandfather and father, who produced sotol in clandestine mobile vinatas (local name for distillery) that were immersed in the heart of the Northern Chihuahuan Sierra. He cooks the plants underground on a pit oven with stones and oak wood. After cooking for three days he will grind the cooked sotol with a mechanical grinder then he will let it ferment with natural airborne yeast in stainless steel tanks. While fermenting Bienvenido will add well water to the fermentation tanks. He then distills in a stainless steel pot still two times. Next, he will use well water to get the desired ABV. His batches range normally range from 120 to 160 liters. This sotol has notes of banana, wood, cotija cheese, honey, and nuts.

Clande Sotol

Clande Sotol is a brand that celebrates the art and tradition of craft spirits in Chihuahua. Clandestine distilleries used to be found in Northern Mexico and were known as “vinatas.” These facilities were used to produced both Sotol (from Dasylirion) and Lechuguilla (from Agave). Vinatas were prohibited in the early 1900s and Maestro Sotoleros were persecuted and sometimes incarcerated. Sotol Clande represents sotol from different regions and delivers the impact of terroir on this beautiful spirit. The project seeks to support small local producers and improve their standard of living, as well as protect the future of the Dasylirion plant. The ABV will vary by batch. Check your bottle for details.

The labels on their bottles are color coded. The YELLOW label is sotol made by Bienvenido Fernandez. The RED label is sotol made by Don Eduardo Arrieta. The PURPLE label is sotol made by Lupe Lopez. The GREEN label could be made by either Bienvenido Fernandez or Lupe Lopez, and it is an Ensamble that combines sotol and agave, which are cooked, milled, and distilled together. The BLUE label could be made by Bienvenido Fernandez, Lupe Lopez, or Tavi Torres, and it is made with 100% agave.

5 reviews

4.7 of out 5 stars


GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

109 reviews
3 weeks ago

Best of the clande’s imo.

Jonny

Jonny

315 reviews
3 months ago

Lot 6. Bottle 36. Distilled in March 2018. 46.5%. Phenomenal! This is my favorite sotol I’ve tried thus far. It’s pure magic in aroma and flavor, and it’s my favorite of the Clande line (which is all great, but this one is my favorite. The nose is grassy with notes of raw potato, dry hay, and dry tobacco. There’s also a bit of caramel sweetness on the nose that’s really nice. The palate follows a similar path as the nose, with notes of caramel, dark chocolate covered cherries, dry hay, uncooked potatoes, and a bit of beach wood.

Lot 6. Bottle 36. Distilled in March 2018. 46.5%. Phenomenal! This is my favorite sotol I’ve tried thus far. It’s pure magic in aroma and flavor, and it’s my favorite of the Clande line (which is all great, but this one is my favorite. The nose is grassy with notes of raw potato, dry hay, and dry tobacco. There’s also a bit of caramel sweetness on the nose that’s really nice. The palate follows a similar path as the nose, with notes of caramel, dark chocolate covere

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PDutton

PDutton

48 reviews
3 months ago

This sotol has the typicity needed to be serious, but finally brings along sweetness, complex smoke, and enough minerality to keep the rich mouthfeel from being cloying. This is serious juice.

4 months ago

I tried this thinking I would just expand out of mezcal and try something new, and this was such a treat. It’s a weird analogy but if mezcal is a fruit, this is a tree. Absolutely loved this and definitely going to drink more sotol in the future. Loved how different the taste was from mezcal but how it still felt familiar.

Tyler

Tyler

292 reviews
8 months ago

Excellent sotol. Not your typical grassy sotol.. this is very unique. Flavors of honeydew, lychee, grenadine like a Shirley Temple. There is a clean minerality here like drinking water off clean metal (in a good way).

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